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of $5,000. >> the senate approved a $60 billion relief package to victims of hurricane sandy. chuck schumer talks about what this means to residents of these dates -- states who are impacted. this is about 15 minutes. >> thank you for coming. the senators are elated with the open discussion and allowing of amendments. most importantly the strong bipartisan support for a bill that would give much needed relief from a storm sandy. we are urging the house to put this bill on the floor quickly and allow a vote. we're asking speaker gaynor to do just that. just as it would be unconscionable for the house to leave without voting on it this booklet if -- on this fiscal cliff, it would be unconscionable to be without voting on sandy. we got 12 votes from the republican. it are three democrats that were here that were not here we would have 64 votes. that shows how important this bill was. it gives an impetus to the bill in says this bill has bipartisan support not only in the senate but in the house. do not ignore the needs of new yorkers and others. we have a desperate situation. we have b
was watching president obama and chris christie there at hurricane sandy. it was -- pivotal political moment this year. most memorable scene and for a country looking for people who can work together across party lines it was a new symbol. >> and ruinous for whom? >> i don't think it's ruinous for christie at all. >> no, no. not christie. ruin the romney. >> oh for sure. >> romney was nowhere to be seen and he had been -- he had the big mo going in. best political theater u. n. ambassador susan rice spinning the benghazi attack. she ended the soap opera with letter withdrawing from her petition for the united states. >> that's the worst? worst is my friend clint eastwood. in the empty chair. >> now wait a minute. >> brought it out -- >> a lot of people liked that. >> it was okay -- i mean it was interesting. >> not good -- >> it blotted out all the film of the great things mitt had done. >> eleanor? >> that's right. okay worst political theater i'm more serious. the senate republicans voting down the u. n. treaty on people with disabilities after senator bob dole made an appearance pleading
came at the end of the year in the past week or so which is the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown and i think the presidency now might be shaped by those events and those are the stories that both barnicle and andrea have chose n as the top story. would you agree this could be a signature for the second term? >> i to do. i do agree with that. i think the events of a few days ago in newtown, connecticut, will help shape a good portion of the president's second and final term in office. i think it gives us a huge impe it tus to changes in this country that had had taken too long to take hold. i think the presidency itself, i think the man himself was shaped and altered by these events, both as a parent and as a president. >> andrea? >> let me just say that joe califano in the aftermath for some calls to action has written about what lbj said to him right after robert kennedy was killed. lbj called in joe and the other top aides in white house and said, we have to act within ten days before the nra gets organized. and they failed to do it. they tried and they failed
an update on the hurricane sandy relief bill making its way through congress. "washington journal" is next. >> nobody will get 100% of what they want. let's make sure middle-class families and the american economy and the world economy are not adversely impacted because people cannot do their jobs. host: the headline in this morning's "washington post" -- president obama and senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of americans from tax hikes set to hit in january. welcome to the saturday edition of "and the washington journal." for the first 45 minutes of the program we are going to be talking about senate negotiating a fiscal clifts deal, what has been going on on that half of the capital. see what they are talking about and how things are going. we want to get your input and your part of the conversation. you can reach out to us on twitter. facebook, facebook.com/cspan. and you can send us an e-mail. this is more from the article, the lead story in "the washington post." they ride, the deve
unfold. of course, in light of what happened in sandy hook, here we are dealing with a situation of guns and that gun control issue is coming up. hearts very heavy in this community. >> alexis arnold, we really appreciate your reporting tonight. thank you. >> reporter: thank you. >>> and now to the other big story we're following tonight. a series of storms set to barrel across america, possibly producing christmas day tornadoes in the south and then a huge mess in the northeast. just as people are trying to get home after the holiday. in parts of the country, the action has already begun, and here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: it's the nightmare before christmas travelers were hoping to avoid. blankets of snow from central new york to northern california creating christmas chaos for some parts of the country. >> we're hoping we don't sit on the runway. we did that last time and it's not fun. >> reporter: in chicago, paula gagerman and her three daughters arrived early for their christmas eve flight. they are among the millions taking to the crowded skies today. what's that stress lik
after hurricane sandy, but some of that pain has been eased by a relief project called train of hope led by a group of folks who know firsthand what a big difference a helping hand can make. nbc's michelle franzen has more. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby swidell hard hit by katrina are on a mission organizing and packing up pallets of diapers, shoes, and blankets. the second run of donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents and firefighters here paying it forward. >> specifically we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies, this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys all bound for sandy's smallest victims. >> reporter: 30 hours later the train rolls into newark, new jersey's penn station. 27 pallets in all, half the toys go to the marine's toys for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155 ladder 78 in staten island. >> our own version of the polar express. >> reporter: children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake get to pick ou
intelligence surveillance act, the others that $60 billion relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. the house reconvenes at 2:00 p.m. eastern. house leaders have not release the schedule of legislative activity for tomorrow. live coverage from the house floor on c-span and senate live on c-spanat 2. c-span2. >> united states discovered surveillance flights and the tension builds that we have a quarantine or blockade around cuba and one of the things that happened in that time is a soviet submarine is found by american ships and they dropped depth charges on the soviet submarine. they knocked out the electrical system. carbon dioxide was rising. people were passing out inside the submarine. no communications with the kremlin. the commander of the submarine says load the torpedoes, outlets attack. the war probably started already. we are not going to do somersaults when the war started. we're not going to disgrace the country so launch the nuclear torpedo. they said it ready to launch. fortunately one of the other commanders with a lower rank talked him out of it. he might have saved
6-year-old noah pozner, who was among the 20 children killed at sandy hook elementary told anderson there were fake websites, facebook pages and e-mails going around asking for donations in noah's name. drew griffin and producer david fitzpatrick tracked one of those e-mails to a woman in the bronx. her name was noelle alba, and went to her house. here is what happened next. >> oh, hi, are you ms. alba? you set up, you say, donations on behalf of one of the victims of the newtown tragedy. >> no. >> no? your name and your address on the e-mail? can i come in with a camera crew? no? >> alba eventually agreed to let her voice be recorded and denied she had anything to do with the e-mail asking for donations. here's more of what she told producer david fitzpatrick. >> this has your e-mail on it right there. this is about noah pozner's funeral. >> i never sent that. >> take a look at it, ma'am. it's got your e-mail all over it. look at the second page. gives your paypal account and a bank routing number you say you set up. >> that's not my paypal account. i mean, i have a paypal account
approved for victims of hurricane sandy pass 62-32 in the senate. its fate in the senate -- in the house remains uncertain. republicans have criticized the bill for including projects they say are unrelated to hurricane sandy, such as $150 million for fisheries disasters. coming up, it is a clear night but things will be changing soon. the "storm watch forecast. plus what this unsuspecting virginia woman got instead of an ipad. >> new at 11:00, same-sex couples in maryland are counting down the hours to the new year, when they will legally be allowed to marry. we talked to a silver spring couple about their plans and why the law means so much to them. >> days away from the data have been waiting for since they met. -- the day they have been waiting for since they met. they will be one of the first couple's to wed with me same-sex marriage law takes effect new year's day. the couple will be on the eastern shore to exchange bows. >> we, were part of a pioneer of movement, just like the suffragettes. >> they will be wearing matching, tuxedos, nicely pressed. in the top things off with a man
and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see enough cold air you start to see the snow develop from ohio to pennsylvania. moving into d.c. overnight tonight, into philadelphia and new york by saturday morning and on up into boston by saturday afternoon. it's a quick mover. generally speaking, the snow totals will be on the light side. we'll start in the next 24 hours. ohio valley, indianapolis, you could end up with an additional 3 to 6 inches of snowfall. as it moves
. flood warnings recovering from sandy. northeast into the new england could exceed 1 foot to as much as a foot and a half in some places. still some snow in the intermountain west, too as you go toward colorado and utah and extending to nevada and showers out along the west coast. by far and large the big storm is going out across the northeastern part of the country. tomorrow, another wave of cold moving into the northern plains, 18 to 21 degrees temperatures from billings to minneapolis and we are going to be talking about temperatures even chilling down to the 40s in atlanta tomorrow. generally 50s, 40s and some 50-degree temperatures along the eastern seaboard. that's the latest on that. harris? >> harris: nick, thank you, we will come back as the news warrants if we need to. this winter storm forcing airlines to delay or cancel thousands of flights. let's taker a look at the current situation at some east coast airports. the web site shows carriers have cancelled at least 1100 flights today alone. all of this happening right smack in the busiest travel season of the year and one
didn't don't identified claimed the body of adam lanza the man who killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary in connecticut on december 14th. >>> 200 students, parents and faculty from the sandy hook school attended the new york giants game sunday. they were high fived by the giants players. >>> kim kardashian is pregnant. kardashian's family confirmed the news but the father to be rapper kanye west announced it last night during a concert in atlantic city. kim is about 12 weeks with the baby due in the summer. >>> the way that congratulations have all been going all night on twitter, her mom tweeting oh, baby baby baby. they tweeted most pregnancies in the last nine months or four marriages in kim kardashian. >>> tonight an estimated 1 million revelers are expected to gather in new york's times square to ring in the new year. as with any high-profile gathering of this size security is on high alert to make sure tonight's massive event goes off without a hitch. we go live to times square with more on the preparations. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. still very quiet here
lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut december 14th. they hope to find an abnormality that could possibly point to an inclination toward violence. >>> hillary clinton will return to work next week after the stomach flu and a concussion sidelined her for three weeks. >>> some good news for law enforcement. the number of police officers killed in 2012 fell by 23%. the first full year that two police safety programs were in effect. with just four days left until the end of the year. >>> next to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones into the u.s. the bones included a 70 million-year-old tyronnasaurus. >>> from the cute file, we have been tracking this panda from the san diego zoo. he tips the scales at 4 pounds. he had a little bit of fun, chewing on a bamboo and playing in a plastic ring. >>> now to the some of the most annoying words of 2012. the marist poll puts twitterverse at number five. once again, for the fourth year in a row, whatever tops th
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." scientists plan to study the dna of adam lanza the 20-year-old who shot and killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. on december 14th. they hope to find genetic signs of mutation or abnormality that could predict an inclination towards violence. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week after a stomach flu and concussion sidelined her three weeks. she may testify before congress next month about the report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, the number of police officers killed in 2012 fell by 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices died as compared to 165 last year. >>> next, to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. and is facing up to 17 years in prison. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been trac
of government. that's what the real contest was about. and sandy, the hurricane, put that back on the table in a big way. do we need more or less and at moments like that, we need it. and that happened five days before the thing closed. and you could see obama's nine or 10 states, his numbers raised about a point and a half in his last five days. and i think that storm helped him a big deal. >> sandy is salls very, very important. -- is always very, very important. chris: better to be about fema than the i.r.s. if you're a democrat. who had the best year in 2012? chris: welcome back. our final awards category for the show, who besides the obamas obviously had the best year? our four choices. the brits. the queen celebrated 60 years on the throne. there's a future queen or king on the way next summer obviously. and the olympics were a smash. or was it the guys like david plouffe and nate silver who nailed this election result from way back? or was it the gay rights movement with four states effectively voting for same sex marriage? and polls showing big increase in public approval. in fact,
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that are already reeling from superstorm sandy. >> the winds were very strong last night. plus we are more vulnerable now because we don't have any sand out on the beach. >> we went through the previous storm and it was bad. i didn't expect another one that quickly. >> and harris, forecasters predicting an additional 4-8-inches of snow overnight in maine. back to you. >> harris: and ney kooiman thank you very much. let's learn more about what is coming. >> watching the storm moving east of new england. see it almost in the swirl in the cloud cover. there located in the large circulation coming around the storm. still strong windy conditions through the northeast and heavy snows flying across northern new england on into northern maine. the storm did leave behind a swath of snow west of new york city and into southern new england. a 4-8-inch swath of snow and up towards northern and central new england those areas picking up 10-15-inches of snow. not great news for travelers but better news for the ski resorts which had a devastating winter last year. >> harris: we still have another hall d
for the victims im the newtown tragedy. 20 students and six adults were 20 studeen days ago at sandy aok elementary school. the shooting only stopped when the s first responders arrived and the gunman, adam lanza, committed suicide. elaine quijano sat down with some of the first police ijanoers on the scene. >> we were going as fast as we have ever driven, any of us. and we were running for that building. >> reporter: what did you see? what did you hear? >> i -- i could hear shots. ep reporter: officer michael mcgowan entered sandy hook elementary with sergeant david enllgren and officer liam seabrook. seabrook knocked out the glass on a locked rear door so the officers could get inside. >> we were moving down the hallway and we don't hea >>> the officer knocked out the glass at sandy hook so the other officers could get merchandise. >> we didn't see or hear anything. >> we could basically just smell gun powder. >> at what point did you realize what you were dealing with? >> immediately. once i got there i myself knew pretty much what was going on. we didn't have specific details yet. it
from hurricane sandy, and now stocking up for what's expected to be a big storm. tonight, new york governor andrew cuomo has activated the state's emergency operation center. he does not want to repeat certainly the fiasco, the power fiasco that followed hurricane sandy. meanwhile, across the upper state, we're looking for as much as 15 inches of wind-driven snow. natalie, back to you. >> all right, mike seidel in buffalo, new york. thanks, mike. >>> at the airport, as mike just reported, lots of cancellations and delays on the boards. nbc's katy tur is at new york's laguardia airport. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, natalie. as you know, the day after christmas is one of the busiest travel days of the year. and now it is one of the most grueling. here at laguardia airport, more than 100 flights have been cancelled, and across new york city area airports, delays can reach nearly three hours long. across the country, much of the same, as the storm is felt from coast to coast. nationwide, more than 1,400 flights cancelled today alone. and there are fears of a ripple effect i
days since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. we get more now from nbc's john yang. >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache, empty stockings hung as reminders of loss, now filled with gifts. first responders from surrounding communities gave their time so the town's police could spend the day with their families. >> just the right thing today. it's why we're here. something needs to be done, glad to be here. >> it's a pleasure to help them out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, i just think that you probably couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area where hundreds are still without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers tried to deliver some holiday spirit. >> every table is labeled. >> reporter: handing out food, toys and blankets at relief centers. >> i think what's important is for people to come out and help people. you can't put a price on that and you can't buy that either. >> reporter: in places spared the direct impact of tragedy, americans mark the day in their own ways, while ke
for millions of americans. the postal service could go bankrupt and hurricane sandy relief could be stalled. so what needs to happen for congress to wake up? "outfront" tonight -- welcome. >> first for you, the fiscal cliff, the world's most predictable political problem. this is the cover of "the washington post" the day after the election saying time to deal with the debt. everybody knows it. that was the whole idea, right? this was the big plan. election year is too divisive to get anything done. just kick the lame duck. so what happened? why can't congress find a way to work together, even with a gun at their head? >> because they don't get along. i think it may have been naive of some of us to think that the election was going to be the magic formula and they would play well in the sand box after the election. what's it going to take? i think it's going to take for us to go off the cliff and the american public demanding action. i think we're going to see that over and over again. it's going to be the american public demanding action on gun control. it's going to be the american public dem
, and then have slowly been settling down and that was mostly because of superstorm sandy. so today with the level at this more palatable sort of level at 350,000 the big question is will today be just a blip or will this be the beginning of a trend, and that's what you really want to see. you want to see the level of layoffs continuing to at least stay the same and obviously you want to see them come down but at the same time you also want to see hiring happening and that's where that government jobs report that we focus on once a month, that's where that comes into play. we're going to get the next one next week, that government jobs report and the big worry, carol, that's hanging over all of this is the fiscal cliff. although we're still in the middle of wondering what congress is going to do about it, companies are already holding back hiring so that is clearly impacting the jobs market but the good news once again is the layoffs are slowing, down 12,000 to 350,000 last week. carol? >> thank you very much, washington. alison kosik thank you so much. >>> growing outrage over the decision of a n
of the elementary school. >> officer leonard penna led two others into sandy hook elementary school minutes after the call went out. >> when i saw that officer penna had a rifle kind of told him, you're in front, buddy. and the heroism that he displayed just to get in front of us -- >> the gun powder smoke in there is nothing that i ever want to smell again because it was just overwhelming overwhelming. >> what were you hearing at that point? >> silence. normally there's noise. >> the quiet was deafening. every second seemed like an hour. i've never experienced fear like that ever. i mean it was free falling almost. >> the officers made their way through the kitchen and into the lobby. >> that's when my world came crashing in on me because i saw the victims there, and i knew there was -- this wasn't a joke. this wasn't -- this was real and we had somebody that was murdering people in there. we knew that we couldn't help them because they were beyond that. you just want it to be fake. your mind keeps telling you that this is not real. >> what's been the hardest part of this for s
-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that -- >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> a combo team from the say what categories, richard murdouch of indiana and todd aiken. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that god swended to happen. >> dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwindled throughout the year but aiken and murdoch pretty much shut that door in a couple of sentences. plan to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers. >> people who have come here illegally won't be able to find work and over time those people would tend to leave the country or self deport. >> self deportation by undocumented workers was not by itself responsible for romney's dismal showing among hispanics, but certainly greased the skids. for which romney would have liked to have had aa mulligan, there was this. >> 47% of the people who w
into the sandy hook elementary school minutes after the cal went out. >> when i saw that officer penna had a rifle, i kind of told him, you're in front, buddy, and the heroism he displayed just to get in front of us -- >> the gun powder smoke in there is nothing i ever want to smell again because it was just overwhelming. >> what were you hearing at that point? >> silence. there was no noises. >> the quiet was deafening. every second seemed like an hour. >> i never experienced fear like that ever. it was -- i mean it was free-falling almost. >> reporter: the officers made their way through the kitchen and into the lobby. >> that's when my world came crashing in on me because i saw the victims there and i knew this wasn't a joke, this wasn't -- this was real and we had somebody that was murdering people in there. we knew that we couldn't help them because they were beyond that. you just wanted to be fake. your mind keeps telling you that this is not real. >> reporter: what's been the hardest part of this for you? >> we're supposed to run toward danger. that's what we do. so i don't really c
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are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditional latin wish for peace and blessed thousands of worshippers during midnight mass at st. peter's basilica. >>> christmas day weather. the threat of tornadoes, unfortunately, on this holiday. louisiana, alabama, mississippi, they could have a rough few hours ahead and heavy snow in oklahoma and morning fog in atlanta and tallahassee. >> you need to bundle up if you're in the upper midwest. fargo will be like 35 below. yeah, maybe even put on an extra little christmas log there. omaha in the mid-teens and mid-40s in baltimore and new york. pleasant 80 and flip-flops in miami. >> always jealous of miami this time of year. >>> if you can't believe this, there really actually is a santa claus. he looks the part, acts the part and now living the part year round. the former frank pazuzzi has changed his name. it is even print
in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> enough is enough now. becoming a little bit too much. >> reporter: in the suburbs of new york city, where they're still struggling in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. by windy night, the heavy snow in connecticut reduced visibility and blanket the roads. >> frustrating, especially going down the hills. >> reporter: a similar scene in massachusetts, where drivers are taking it extra slow. the snow is causing headaches at the airports, over 7,000 flights stranded. and in the northeast, the weather system pounded parts of the midwest and spawn iing 46 tornadoes in the south including this one caught on a surveillance tape at a walgreens in ohio. >>> in kentucky, authorities were on the scene in dozens of accidents. in arkansas, thousands were left without power after the snow dumped 15 inches in part of the state. little rock saw its snowiest christmas ever. >> beautiful here but it is just too cold and the power is out and i don't like it when the power is out. >> i'm from iowa originally. i moved here about 30 years ago to get way from this. >> repo
weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelings saying she understood how it could happen and it got her suspended from school. we'll get her reaction coming up >>> we'll also hear from the 29-year-old surfer that used his fists and his board to save his life when a shark kept coming at him again and again. >> scary story. >>> later on, we'll switch gears and look back at the year in pop culture, from the rise of honey boo boo to the unlikely bop lairity of that catchy tune, gang ham style. >> slightly popular, wasn't it? >>> we begin with the race in washington to fist fiscal cliff deadline including a preview of david gr david gregory's exclusive interview. we begin with kristen welker. >> the house is back in session and they could announce a deal as early as this afternoon. many saying this entire episode represents a lack of leadership on both sides of pennsylvania. with less than 48 hours until the tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, florida small business owner, gary simmons, is watching what hap
melting of the arctic to superstorm sandy to the massive typhoon in the philippines. 2012 will also be remembered for a series of mass shootings from aurora, arata, to the sikh temple, to be shooting in newtown, conn.. the case around trayvon martin sparked national protest after officials refused to arrest george zimmerman. president obama continues his secret drone wars. we spend the hour looking back at the moment and movements that shaped 2012. >> democratic congresswoman gabrielle giffords has announced she will step down this week. she was shot in the head last year in a shooting spree that left six people dead in tucson. >> thank you for your prayers and for giving me the time to recover. i have more work to do on my recovery, so i will do what is best for arizona. i will step down this week. >> iraqis are voicing outrage over the sentencing of the last marines charged in the 2005 massacre of 25 civilians. on tuesday, frank woodrich received no jail time. >> i was expecting the american courts would sentence the person to life in prison. he should appear and confessed to the
. >> and who can forget superstorm sandy? millions of neighbors, their houses swept away without power, damages, and raising questions about infrastructure and whether we should be spending some money to fix it. >>> number five, china, is china slowing or leading the world? we do know that china will be the biggest economy in the world by 2020, for sure, by 2030. china also getting more than a few mentions during the presidential campaign's probably because it is pretty clear, china is both a competitor and a partner. >> number four, europe, the european union was fractured by debt and the plans to fix it. that saga is far from over. >>> number three, the housing market, finally, finally bottomed out. the combination of home prices and continued mortgage rates set off a building and buying spree. well-he well-heeled investors began to buy entire neighborhoods. and homeowners got more with a hefty down payment. >> and cnn predicts that barack obama will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election, more than just about obama and romney, more about socialism, and capitalism and sp
in the recovery effort as super storm sandy struck the east coast. cuomo issued a statement part of which reads quote: we as a community mourn they're loss as two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones. david lee miller in our new york city newsroom with more on this. david lee, what more do we know about the gunman at this hour. >> william spangler was an ex-con. he beat his own grandmother to death back in 19 0. at the time he was charged with second degree murder but he pled to manslaughter. he was released from prison in 1998. until six years ago he was on parole. the local police chief said today that spangler's criminal past raises serious questions about how he obtained firearms. >> spangler was a convicted felon so it doesn't -- you know, he is not allowed to possess weapons. so, you know, did he legally possess those weapons? no. we have had all kinds of weapons larcenies in town and around the county and in wayne county as of late so i don't know where those weapons came from but we are certainly going to find out. >> there is still no known motive for the ram
just saw with the sandy bill. >> if you are asking whether or not the thing we did get 60 votes for a standing order. >> you want to get to 60. between hopeful that the two caucuses, there will be 60 votes for the standing order. >> does this mean that you and perhaps the democrats are more ambitious option by the junior colleagues. >> the number of us are very deeply troubled by the idea that we produce something in violation to the rules to change the rules. the senate is a continuing body. i will not try to characterize how many are deeply troubled by the idea of the nuclear option. this has been -- never been used to change the rules. >> when the republicans were in a majority, then there was the judges. i point out with all due respect to our new york colleagues in the senate, some of them have ever been in the majority and some of them have never been in the minority which sometimes dictates behavior which when the issue is on the other foot. >> senator reid has concerned about -- is it any precaution to keep non germain amendments of the bills? >> the senate allows for no
way into sandy hook school, that if a good guy with a gun had been there, he might have been able to stop him. >> we don't want to turn our schools into dodge cities. >> reporter: at least one school district in new jersey placed armed guards in each school over the governor's objection. >> you don't want to make this an armed camp for kids. i don't think that's a positive example. >> such an interesting debate. you feel like we have to do something to prevent another tragedy like the one we saw in newtown. but folks say you don't want to make it feel like police states. and can schools afford these days to put armed patrolman in every campus? you don't know where it's going to go from here. >> most people agree on the idea of high magazine clips. but most people agree on new gun control after newtown, gun sales skyrocketing. one store in virginia saying they've never seen anything like that before. >> watching the head of the nra give that press conference in friday and subsequent interview over the weekend, he said we're open to all solutions but took any gun control measures of
message. >> it is the same but we live it in a way . christmas snuck up on me this year. with sandy and the newtown tragedy. they say it doesn't feel like christmas because i have gone through all of these things. imagine what christmas morning felt like for mare yejoseph it was not just perfect. it is not just family and happiness. it is about redemption . there are people sitting at home alone without family. you can live christmas better than the rest of us . people who are suffering right now and might be able to connect with god in a very, very personal intimate way better than the rest of us. the message is the same but we can live it different and better: we mentioned some people do the birthday cake and advept wreth and you have a great tradition that your father started with you. >> two things. one of the things my dad would make united states go before the mange scene and meet us in a prayer. one minute. it doesn't take long. it make it is an indel mate mark on the children and my heart . the second thing, we almost had somebody who didn't fit around the christmas table an
on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote the chamber passed a measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process to consider the money has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new jersey, the hardest hit states, have estimated damages at more than $78 billion. >>> and turning to weather. even though winter is just over a week old, millions of americans probably can't wait for spring to arrive. me, as well, yes. scenes like this in maine are playing out all across the country as snow is now on the ground in almost 65% of the lower 48 states. at least everybody's enjoying it together. look at this video from arkansas where -- in little rock, they posted a record-breaking nine inches on christmas day. and for some of you, yay, not over yet. let's bring in meteorologist bonnie schneider for a look at what is on top for today. is there an end in sight for -- >> no. no. we've got more snow, more wind and rain
committed these murders. >> all the effects of hurricane sandy already. >> sandy's carved a path of destruction all along the eastern seaboard. >> we can't fully secure the crane until the wind dies down. >> they're doing another story on this? oh, my god. gangnam style. >> honey boo boo. >> live picture in los angeles from "endeavor" the shuttle rolling down the streets of l.a. >> and the man at the center, general david petraeus. >> despair in syria has gone on -- >> a morning talk. >> -- president barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> terror at as elementary sc
. kelly: we do. jamie: a new tribute to the victims of the sandy hook school shooting. we can't do enough to let them know we care. a community far from connecticut got together to honor those killed. that story is on its way ♪ kelly: britain's royal family is celebrating the christmas holiday. most of the family attending church services in london with a few exceptions, dawning a turquois coat and matching hat, queen elizabeth the ii arrived at the church early this morning with most of the royal family. the queen also delivering her yearly message to great britain and the commonwealth, this year in three defor the first time. reminding people to keep soldiers, first-responders and their families in their hearts on christmas. >> for many christmas is also a time for coming together but for others service will come first. those serving in our armed forces, in our emergency services, and in our hospitals whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends will be missing those they love. and those who have lost loved ones may find this day especially full of memories. that's why
are hanging near sandy hook t allntary. a candlelight vigil is scheduled to last all day today. h6 candles-- one for each victim shot at the school. volunteers are taking three-hour shifts to make sure the flames don't go out. ye're now one week away from the so-called fiscal cliff. heven days for the white house and congressional leaders to reach a budget deal to avoid tax increases for nearly every american. president obama is on vacation in hawaii, and that's where we find nancy cordes tonight. nancy, what can you tell us? >> well, jim, still no conversations today between owmocrats and republicans on how to avert the fiscal cliff, which is a sure sign that the senate majority leader, harry reid, a democrat, is working on crafting legislation on his own that he would essentially dare house and senate republicans to oppose. his legislation would likely extend the bush-era tax cuts for households making less than 250,000 a year. it might also include enough short-term spending cuts to temporarily offset for, say, six or eight months, the indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts that
east coast areas hit hardest by hurricane sandy. in sea side park, new jersey, barn aget bay is threatening homes two months after sandy devastated the area. in brooklyn, near coney island, bulldozers stacked sand on to the dunes, renewing efforts to protect high tide. and in rock away park, queens, the storm brought high surf, an ongoing threat given tomorrow's high moon. >>> crews are working to restore electricity to more than 200,000 customers affected by the christmas-day storms. new surveillance video from a drugstore in mobile, alabama shows how destructive the tornadoes were. inside the store, shoppers are caught off guard as fierce winds shook the building and ripped products from the shelves. in all, twisters cut across four states. the storm system that created those tornadoes is now up here in maine. it dumped more than a foot of snow and more is on the way. for all the weary holiday travelers that are tuning in tonight, there is better news tomorrow with calmer weather and hopefully all those thousands of flights they'll be able to catch up. however, a brief brea
of hot water for making nice with president obama in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> 2.8 million people without power. i've watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today, really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. you know, you see sights like the seaside heights board walk where the program "the jersey shore" is filmed, the boardwalk is gone. it is gone. music rides, roller coaster ride, in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> you've taken charge, as you've always done in these situations, in a very impressive way. people have been surprised you've been so outspokenly supportive and praiseworthy to the president. i'm not surprised knowing you but explain to me why you were happy to do that so close to an election when some might say politically that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than any election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people in my state when the president does this evenings that deserve praise, i will
in montreal and quebec. >>> a $64.4 billion emergency spending package for victims of super storm sandy sailed through the senate with the backing of democrats but it faces opposition in the house where republicans say they favor a smaller version. sandy battered the east coast in late october and was the most costly natural disaster since hurricane katrina in 2005. the request was made earlier by the obama administration to help clean up debris, rebuild flooded buildings and cover other expenses. >> going straight from the hurricanes into snow. >> we are again. >>> children can be victims of identity theft. how the state is leading the nation in the fight to protect your kids. >>> holiday lights put many of us in the holiday spirit. how one man is using his elaborate lawn decorations to help who he calls the forgotten children. >>> the snow is on the way, but it may take a little longer to get here. i'll explain why in your insta weather plus forecast coming up. >> now your 11 insta weather plus forecast. >> and take a look outside right now. no snow in downtown baltimore yet. just chilly tho
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